Regional News

Grant County Detectives Want Your Help

Grant County Sheriff's detectives are looking for your help to solve a cold case from the rural Quincy-area from the summer of 2009. Sheriff Tom Jones sent out the following information hoping that you might know who this guy is or have any information that might lead to a suspect: "On the morning of June 26, 2009, a woman living on County Road 11.5-NW said she heard a noise in her home. When she went to see what caused the noise, she interrupted a burglary. Startled, the lone suspect allegedly punched the woman, breaking her jaw. The suspect then fled the home, driving away in an older, silver-colored vehicle. That vehicle may have been a smaller SUV, minivan or small pickup with a canopy," said Jones.

Contractors making progress on Fairchild runway

Contractors working on Fairchild Air Force Base's runway are on schedule and making steady progress."The project is on schedule and coming along as planned," said Mr. Wayne Musselwhite, 92nd Civil Engineering Squadron chief of construction management. "It's been a very active time with all the demolition taking place, and will be getting busier next month when concrete placing begins." The need to replace the runway, which has forced the displacement of Fairchild's tanker fleet to other airfields, is a factor of age. The runway is 50-years-old and the useful life of a runway is typically 25 years.

A New Business Is Opening in Ellensburg

If you are out and about this weekend, make sure to check out Real Deals on Home Decor in Ellensburg.  The store had its Grand Opening on Thursday, April 7.  Real Deals on Home Decor is located at 400 W. 5th Avenue.  It will be open on Thursdays from 10 am - 6 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am - 3 pm.

Marathons and Mathematics

The days until the Moses Lake Marathon are counting down. This is the first year for this race that benefits the Boys and Girls Club for Columbia Basin. Earlier this week we talked about how you can sign up for the race, but now we're getting into the details of what makes this marathon cool. 

Online Deadline for Moses Lake Marathon Approaching

The deadline to sign-up online for the April 16th Moses Lake Marathon & Family Fun Run is April 13th. The marathon will benefit the . According to the marathon coordinator, Rod Richeson, the marathon will, "help provide a safe place for boys and girls after school and at summer camps. Anyone that runs this marathon is awesome in our books."

IED Damages Mailbox Near Moses Lake

Deputies in Grant County are investigating the damage done to a mailbox by an improvised explosive device over the weekend.Deputies were called to the 7400 block of Road K-7 NE two miles east of Moses Lake around 1 p.m. Sunday after a resident reported their mailbox had been destroyed. Evidence was collected at the scene that led deputies to believe that it was an IED, possibly a pipe bomb, that was used to destroy the mailbox.No similar incidents have been reported recently, and its not known if the owners of the mailbox were targeted or if this was a random act."I'm grateful nobody was hurt by the detonation of this device," Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones said,.. "Since we don't know if this was a random event or if someone was indeed targeted, citizens should be cautious when opening their mailboxes."Anyone with information about this or any other criminal activity should call the Sheriff's Office at 509-754-2011 ext. 468 or email an anonymous tip to

Spring Break Starts With Phony Bomb Threat In Moses Lake

Friday afternoon, as students were leaving Moses Lake High School for spring break, several notes were found claiming there was a bomb in one of the classrooms.The police were called to the school and the campus was evacuated.No device was found.During the evacuation some students left campus without being able to pick up their possessions. The school district advises the office at Moses Lake High School will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday so students can pick up their things.Meanwhile, if anyone knows who pulled off the phony bomb threat, the Moses Lake Police Department would like to speak to you.

Dogs help soldiers with PTSD get through post-war life

The numbers of seriously injured servicemen and women coming back from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to climb. Besides physical wounds, many return with severe post traumatic stress disorder that goes undiagnosed for months or even years. But there's a new organization dedicated to helping these wounded warriors. Soldier Aaron McCarthy was on patrol in Iraq several years ago when a roadside bomb exploded.

Fairchild deploys tankers in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn

Fairchild Air Force Base confirmed Tuesday afternoon that 5 KC-135 tankers and crews from the 92nd and 141st Air Refueling Wings have deployed in support of maintaining the no-fly zone over Libya.Five tankers and crews departed Saturday from Moses Lake and Spokane International Airport. A sixth tanker is scheduled to leave Spokane International Airport Wednesday morning.The tankers are temporarily based out of the airports in Moses Lake and Spokane while Fairchild's main runway is being replaced.

Sheriff looking for property theft suspect

Grant County Sheriff's Deputies are looking for Timothy Wayne Hampton, age 36 of Moses Lake. Deputies have probable cause to arrest Hampton for first-degree theft, two counts of first-degree possession of stolen property, and second-degree criminal trespassing. On the morning of March 16, Deputy Nic Dirks answered a stolen property call from the Desert Green Turf Farms of Moses Lake. Desert Green staff had discovered a commercial-grade turf mower had been stolen from their business. During the investigation, Deputy Dirks and the farmer noticed tire tracks near where the turf mower had been parked. Believing the tracks were from a vehicle involved in the theft, Deputy Dirks and the farmer followed the tracks nearly five miles to a building at 10651 Dune Lake Loop SE south of Moses Lake. Deputy Dirks received permission from the property owner to search the property, and was also granted a search warrant. During the search, Dirks and other deputies found several stolen items, including two ATVs registered stolen from Idaho, and stolen irrigation-related equipment. They also found the commercial turf mower which had been partially disassembled. Deputies believe the mower, valued at $2000, was being taken apart to sell to a recycler. Hampton is believed responsible for the thefts. Hampton is 36-years-old, 6'-0" tall, 215 lbs, with blue eyes and long brown hair. He has tattoo of a skull on his right arm. "Each day I read the field reports from our deputies, I am reminded about how great Grant County citizens are," said Sheriff Tom Jones. "This incident is testament to that fact, and I encourage the public to keep sending us information so we can continue solving these crimes." Anyone spotting Hampton or knowing where he may be should not approach or attempt to detain him; rather, they should call 509-762-1160 and report Hampton's whereabouts. Citizens may also email anonymous information to the Sheriff's Office at

Audit finds Soap Lake failed to collect $515,000

A report by the Washington State Auditor's Office has found that the central Washington city of Soap Lake may have failed to collect as much as $515,000 in water and sewer accounts during the past five years.The audit found that the city changed its utility rates in 2005, but did not update that information for some customers.Mayor Wayne Hovde told The Wenatchee World newspaper that he's embarrassed by the audit, but stressed that there are no missing funds and no funds were misappropriated.He called it a billing mistake.

Fleeing man dies in crash near Moses Lake

The Washington State Patrol says a driver suspected of possessing drugs died in a crash as he was being chased by a trooper and Grant County deputies near Moses Lake.The State Patrol says 40-year-old David Folden of Warden was initially stopped Tuesday night for a seatbelt violation. He sped off when the trooper smelled marijuana and tried to arrest him.Folden's car slid off a wet road at an intersection and hit a concrete irrigation structure. Officers and an aid crew performed CPR but he died at the scene.